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Where'd You Learn to Kiss
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Full title - Where'd You Learn To Kiss That Way? Japanese compilation celebrating the 10th anniversary of the British indie pop group's first single. Contains virtually everything they released on the highly collectable ... more »
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Full title - Where'd You Learn To Kiss That Way? Japanese compilation celebrating the 10th anniversary of the British indie pop group's first single. Contains virtually everything they released on the highly collectable Sarah label, much of which is on CD for the first time. 36 tracks in all. Each disc is in a separate slipcase sleeve. Together they come within a full color slipcase with a 20 page booklet. Also included in the Japanese edition is an exclusive English & Japanese lyric sheet (which was not available in the now deleted UK edition). 1998 Clove/Shinkansen release.
A Good, not Great, Record
thedevilscoachman | Vienna, Virginia | 09/28/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this cd set online after reading reviews that cited the Field Mice as the missing link between the Smiths and Belle & Sebastian. Well, not quite. What all three groups have in common is a jangly pop sound and a melancholy, poetic lead singer . But with the Smiths and B&S, the melodies are always solid, the instrumentation always has real direction and heft, and the singing -fey or mopey though it may be - always crackles with strength and smarts. Not so with the Field Mice. Many of the tunes here are flawed by meandering, weak melodies, incredibly wussy lyrics and/or soggy, limp instrumentation. Several lose their jangle in favor of generic synth plinking. And some other pretty good songs never actually make it to the satisfying chorus you can hear them building towards. Don't get me wrong; I think this disk is worth picking up for the good tunes, which add some excellent melancholy jangle-pop tunes to the canon - "Emma's House", "Clearer", "Fabulous Friend", "Coach Station Reunion", "So Said Kay", "Canada", "September's Not So Far Away" - but be warned that these very good songs are outnumbered by bad ones."
(5 out of 5 stars)
"These CDs collect a majority of the official output of the Field Mice, though it is by no means 100% complete. The only remaining release that is now in print, it is nonetheless wonderful and a very admirable effort. The Field Mice began as a jangly pop band, and were forever pigeonholed as such. Early forays showed the influence of Nick Drake, the Beatles, and the Go-Betweens. Later, they lamented not being able to break into different territory without their detractors continuing to compare them to their earliest efforts. As time went by, they experimented with electronics, adding a dimension to their music which most closely resembled the Wake (UK) or New Order. Their final album, which also began some forays into shoegazing, was never well-liked by fairweather fans of their earliest material, having undergone a great deal of change in 4 years. It's all well-represented, from the earliest official release, to most of their final (and only) album. Well worth the relatively cheap price when you consider what most of their catalog goes for in auctions these days."
Chocolate Love Sex
Martin Dawson | Royton, Oldham, United Kingdom | 11/19/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a double CD of fragility and beauty which compiles most of this special band's output for the now-defunct Sarah Records.
It begins with the shimmering and elusive 'Five Moments' with dreamy vocals by Annemari,a blueprint for the out-put of Saint Etienne(who covered 'Let's Kiss And Make Up',the original included here).
Largely thereafter vocals are by singer-songwriter,Bobby Wratten and second track 'If You Need Someone' fairly rips along.
'Sensitive' is the nearest this band get to thrash(5 guitar tracks on an 8 track recording!)as it ends with an elongated rock-out.Although that's 'rock-out' in Field Mice terms,obviously...
These are all love songs(how wide a definition can that be?)and each have something to recommend them.There is a bravery to being this open,this...exposed but there will always be a place here(well,for me...) for such emotional nakedness.The love-lorn wistfulness of 'And Before The First Kiss'is a great example.
Later there were excursions into dance music/electronica revealing the band's obsession with Factory Records/New Order.Possibly the best example is 'Missing The Moon',my favourite song on this compilation which is just joyous sequencer-led pop.
'Emma's House' was the first Field Mice release on Sarah and is included here in all its tacky-drum-machine-and-Bobby-fighting-through-the-flu-vocals...genius.
I've changed my mind.'Landmark' is the best song on here...c'mon,it's that sort of record.There is a romantic classicism to the lyrics,"To a decision she's come/She has decided to leave...",and introspection, and emotion which isn't anger.Which is welcome.The killer chorus of,"And were someone to ask me/I'd say it's remarkable/That she stayed so long...",seals the deal.
The packaging is exquisite,you get a biography and a discography and intriquing snippets of lyrics which are like snapshots in time.
The Field Mice were never going to change the world but they can change a little bit of you each time you listen to them.Yearning and heartache can never really go out of fashion and I know it's a cynical world but I like to think we all have those moments of innocence and 'Wow!Where'd you learn to kiss that way!'wonder.I was going to head this review 'Fey Indie Jangling'which is what it is...but it's great and...well,you can tell me when you stopped feeling...and fey indie jangling can sometimes be great.This is."